Throughout their existence, the Colorado Rockies have routinely been two different teams, depending on where the game is played. Their offense would perform well at home, but once away from the high altitude of Denver, the offense would cool off. The altitude has had the reverse effect on their pitching staffs throughout Rockies history: struggles at home and successes on the road. This inconsistency has made winning on a consistent basis very challenging.
As the MLB season is about to reach the quarter pole, this year looks to be a little different for the Colorado Rockies. They are 28-17, which leads the NL West by 2 games. The more surprising thing is Colorado is 15-7 on the road, compared to 13-10 at Coors Field.
The biggest reason for the Rockies surprising start is their pitching staff. Through 45 games, their staff ERA is a respectable 4.37, considering that half their games are played at high altitude. A pair of rookie starters have lead the way. Antonio Senzatela is 6-1 with a 3.67 ERA. Lefty Kyle Freeland is 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA. Closer Greg Holland has been outstanding in his first year with the team. The former Kansas City Royal has 19 saves so far in 2017.
If the Rockies pitching staff can maintain this strong start throughout the whole season, they will be a factor in the ultra-competitive NL West. However, even if they don’t, their home field allows them to outslug the opposition, if needed. After 24 seasons, the Rockies front office appears to have built a team capable of winning games on the road as well as at Coors Field.
Baseball fans in the Mile High City are about to see their team reach new heights in 2017.